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James Santelli Wins a SABR Analytics Research Award

About a month ago I mentioned that Pirates Prospects writer James Santelli was nominated for a SABR Analytics Research Award for his article on the Pirates’ defensive shifts last year. Today, SABR announced James as the winner for the Contemporary Analysis Research Award. James’ article beat out excellent articles from Beyond the Box Score, FanGraphs, Baseball America, and The Washington Post.

Please join me in congratulating James for this outstanding accomplishment. Thanks to everyone who voted for his article. If you haven’t read the now award-winning article, here it is:

Pirates Defensive Shifts: The Hidden Secret Behind Baseball’s Best Team

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • blackmax

    Not surprised because of the quality of the article, but it is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to the young author and to the young website that first published it.

  • Dom DiDominic

    Excellent work! Congrats to both Santelli & PP

  • Jason

    Well deserved! Congratulations James and Tim.

  • glassers

    The article was a very good one and deserved to be recognized . Congratulations !

  • WTM

    Just looking at the competition, that’s some serious company to be in. Terrific achievement.

  • szielinski

    Kudos to James, Tim and Pirates Prospects. PP has become the go-to site for in-depth analysis of the organization. This award reflects this fact.

  • piraddict

    A well deserved award for James at the start of his promising career! Kudos to Tim and Pirates Prospects for hiring such a talent and providing a forum for intelligent analysis of the Pirates!

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